Office of Graduate Medical Education

USA Health is changing how medical care, education and research impact the health of people who live in Mobile and the surrounding area.

Carole W. Boudreaux, M.D.Welcome to the University of South Alabama (USA) Graduate Medical Education Programs.  The missions of our programs are to develop the clinical competency, medical knowledge, and professional attributes of physicians, to promote the safe and effective care of patients and to advance the art of healing through quality improvement and medical research.  Residents and fellows in our training programs are integrated into USA Health.  Our team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, therapists and researchers provide the region’s most advanced medicine at multiple facilities, campuses, clinics and classrooms.  As our institution experiences tremendous growth and development, it is an exciting time to be a part of the USA Health team!

To learn about the USA College of Medicine's commitment to professionalism, read the Compact Between Teachers and Trainees in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences [PDF].

Carole W. Boudreaux, M.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

 

▼   Graduate Medical Education Committee

The USA Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) oversees all graduate medical education training programs in the University of South Alabama Health System. The GMEC is chaired by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and the alternate DIO serves as the vice-chair of the committee. The Program Directors and Associate Program Directors of the GME training programs, representative core faculty, USA Health staff, and peer-selected residents and fellows serve on the Committee. The GMEC meets on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the month of July.

▼   GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness

The purpose of the GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness is to promote the psychological, emotional, and physical well being of the housestaff, physician educators, and GME staff. Further, the subcommittee will monitor compliance with ACGME requirements in the area of resident and fellow well being and fatigue mitigation.

▼   Wellness Resources

The GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness is committed to promoting the physical, mental and emotional well being of the faculty, housestaff, and staff in the GME programs at USA. We acknowledge the challenges that lead to burnout, depression and suicide, and we work to assist physicians as they strive for personal balance, professional fulfillment, and joy in their vocation.  

Wellness Contacts

When you feel that you need to seek support, you should reach out to one of the following:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Local Resources

  • Your department chair or GME program director
  • Carole W. Boudreaux, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education, at (251) 471-7206
  • USA Employee Assistance Program at (251) 460-6141
  • Staff at Bayview Professional Associates at (251) 660-2360 or (888) 335-3044

COVID-19 Resources

Physician Well-being

  1. Stress Management Tips for Healthcare Workers
  2. Mitigating Care Giver Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  3. Mindfulness and Meditation
    1. Guided meditations
      1. Yoga Nidra 20 Minute Guided Meditation
      2. Guided Meditations from Tara Brach
    2. Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity Guide (free resources)
    3. Mindfulness and Meditation apps
      1. Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020
      2. Calm
      3. Buddhify (completely free)
      4. InsightTimer (completely free with thousands of guided meditations):
      5. Liberate is a meditation app for people of color
  4. Resources for Stress, Depression and Anxiety:
  5. Trouble Sleeping?
    • Try CBT-1 Coach. This app will guide you through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines, and improving your sleep environment. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
  6. Music for Stress Relief
    • There’s something for almost everyone at NPR Music.
  7. Need someone to talk to?
  8. AMA Resources for physicians during COVID-19
  9. National Academy of Medicine Physician Well-being Resources
  10. ACGME Resident Well-being Resources
  11. JagFIT@South well-being program
  12. "USA Daily Digest" University-wide emails
    • Be sure to monitor the USA Daily Digest emails distributed via your USA Health email account. Some items may apply as support services and important information for residents.

Resources for Families

  1. CDC Guide: Household preparedness for Coronavirus
  2. Parenting During Coronavirus
  3. Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus
  4. Educational Resources for Kids
  5. Virtual Travel: Travel + Leisure's virtual tours of famous museums
  6. Financial Well-being

Online Resources

Self-Screening Tools

5th Friday Celebration

“5th Friday Celebration” is an ongoing initiative sponsored by the USA GME Office and USA Health administration to honor those in residency and fellowship training for their dedication to patient care, USA Health and the medical field. Fifth Friday celebrations, held during months with a “5th Friday” over the course of the academic year, provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to interact and celebrate their contributions to our health system.

Fifth Fridays at USA Health

▼   Services for Residents and Fellows

Free Cab Service for Residents and Fellows Too Fatigued to Safely Return Home After Work

To request a cab:

  1. Call the hospital operator at 415-1000.
  2. Provide the operator your name, home address and where you would like to be picked up. (Pick up locations include USA Health University Hospital and USA Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital.)
  3. Approximately 20 minutes after your call, vouchers for your ride home and a return trip to retrieve your car will be available from the lobby staff at the hospital where you will be picked up.
  4. To retrieve your vehicle, call the number for the cab company on the return voucher and present the voucher to the cab driver when he/she picks you up.

Lactation Facility Locations

USA Health University Hospital

  • Room #455, on the 4th floor near Physical Therapy

USA Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital

  • Room #2185, near the NICU
  • Room #4161, near the Peds Tower

USA Health Strada Patient Care Center

  • 1st floor Peds waiting room

USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute

  • Room #2006
▼   GME Office and Contact Information

GME Office Staff

Carole W. Boudreaux, M.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education (GME); ACGME Designated Institutional Official (DIO); and Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee
cboudrea@health.southalabama.edu

Jill Garcia
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist
jsgarcia@health.southalabama.edu

Tomeika Hawkins
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist
thawkins@health.southalabama.edu

Danielle Haynes
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist
daniellehaynes@health.southalabama.edu

GME Office Functions

  • GME Committee Meetings
  • Program Coordinator Meetings and Workshops
  • Institutional Policies
  • ACGME Accreditation
  • National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Program Letters of Agreement
  • New Innovations
  • American Medical Association GME Competency Education Program
  • Verification of Training Status

Verification of Training

The Graduate Medical Education office can assist with requests for training verifications (dates only). The turnaround time is generally 1-2 business days. The Graduate Medical Education Office can verify only dates of residency and/or fellowship training. Training verification requests that require more than verification of dates must be sent to the appropriate Program Coordinator. Requests to the GME Office can be made via the following methods: 

NOTE: Programs may charge a service fee for training verification requests for alumni who completed training 5 or more years ago.